Feeds

MS to see AOL-Netscape deal documents

The works, including a tempting 'advertising services agreement'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Microsoft won a small victory from Judge Jackson late Friday when he agreed that Microsoft could see certain documents connected with the AOL/Netscape/Sun deal. Microsoft had filed for discovery, since the DoJ automatically got to see the documents because of its separate role in approving the merger. The documents were designated as "highly confidential" under the terms of the May 1998 Protective Order, so that they may only be seen by identified persons. Normally this means lawyers, and they are prevented from passing the information to marketing people, for example. It was also ordered that the states may also see the same documents. The documents to be produced are: the AOL/NS agreement and plan of merger; the AOL/Sun strategic development and marketing agreement, joint development agreement, a side letter amending the Sun technology and licence agreement, a service provider agreement, a dial-up network services agreement, and an advertising services agreement. No wonder Microsoft was interested. Judge Jackson's reason for this decision is probably to make it more difficult for the Court of Appeals to overturn any decision for the DoJ, using as a ground for appeal the denial of what it would call critical evidence. ® Complete Register trial coverage

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.